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Peyton McCaughey's family hopeful recovery has begun

PALM CITY, Fla. - PALM CITY, Fla-- There's hope for a Treasure Coast boy who fell ill recently after his home was tented for termites.

"We saw something out of him that gave us hope that his recovery has begun," said Peyton's uncle, Ed Gribben.

Peyton McCaughey's family said the 10-year-old boy suffered brain damage and believes he was poisoned after their Palm City home was fumigated. He got sick shortly after the family returned home around Aug. 17.

Since then, the community, and now strangers from across the country, are coming together to support the child.

In less than a week, Peyton's account has raised more than $55,000.

"We received one yesterday for a $1,000 from someone in Baton Rouge, La.," said Gribben. "We have no connections to Baton Rouge, La., just somebody that was generous enough to help Peyton."

The child is recovering from brain damage after his family said his Palm City home was fumigated for termites last month.

Sunland Pest Control, the company contracted by Terminex to do the fumigation, was told last week to stop all fumigation until an investigation is complete.

Several business and organizations are planning fundraisers and benefits to help Peyton and his family. Martin County teachers are even offering to donate PTO to Peyton's mom, Lori, who is an assistant principal at the high school.

"The amount of support and compassion from the community has just been absolutely amazing, and our family can't thank the community enough," said Gribben.

On Sunday, the child received a special visit where he's hospitalized in Miami. Miami Dolphins Running Back Lamar Miller tweeted a photo with Peyton at the Hospital.

"Peyton and his dad have been life-long Dolphins fans, and to have Jarvis Landry and Lamar Miller and Olivier Vernon come visit to the hospital yesterday was such a special treat for him."

While Peyton still has a long road to recovery, his family said their most recent visit gave them hope.

Gribben said no donation is too small, and they are also looking for items to be auctioned off for a fundraiser. 

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